Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Delay in Council Progress in Acquiring an iGene CT Scanner

I have written with my colleague Ruth Smeeth MP to Stoke-on-Trent City Council calling for answers on why there seems to have been no progress made on acquiring a iGene CT Scanner for use by the Coroners Court. Post-mortem Computed Topography is a key piece of technology that can be used to provide a dignified post-mortem for members of religious communities who consider invasive autopsies as the desecration of a body.

We know that the previous Labour-led Council had made progress in delivering this facility, so we were shocked to hear from the Coroner that little or no progress has since been made. In the mean time, some families are having to travel all the way to Birmingham to gain access to such technology. This simply isn't good enough.

In the meantime we are looking to UHNM to see if we can deliver a temporary stop gap service, and we've written to the Council seeking answers on this disappointing delay.

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